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31 Days of Horror Day 31: "It's Halloween, everyone's entitled to one good scare."

Title of Movie: Halloween

Actors: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nick Castle, P.J. Soles, Nancy Loomis,

Quotable Line: Dr. Loomis' monologue about Michael Myers is pretty memorable....

Director: John Carpenter

Released: 1978

The Skinny: The town of Haddonfield Illinois is plunged into fear when Michael Myers, an individual who murdered his sister when he was six years old, escapes from the sanitarium to start a killing spree.  Dr. Loomis tracks down Michael to make sure that this emotionless murderer does not kill again, ut he may be too late. 

The Good: This is the last movie of 31 Days of Horror and without a doubt, this one is a classic.  Director John Carpenter has crafted a movie that is a wonderful slow build of tension with a punch to the gut from the get go.   The POV shot that Carpenter puts you in makes you wonder what he has in store for you and when you realize where the POV of the character is taking you and what this character does, you cannot help but be horrified.

But that is not the worst.  The tension continues to build.  We come to meet Laurie Strode, played brilliantly by Jamie Lee Curtis and she becomes the primary character of the story.   The character of Laurie is essentially the benchmark for all female protagonists in horror films.  Donald Pleasence as Dr. Loomis is nothing short of brilliant as a men obsessed with tracking down this killer. 

And then there is Michael Myers.  The character of Michael Myers is his own benchmark as well. That particular benchmark is that of the killer in the slasher film.  Who is he?  What does he want? What are his motivations?   We never find out what it is that he wants.  And it is not important.  Which works to the advantage of this horror classic.  Highest possible recommendation!

The Bad: Thankfully, there is precious little I can say about this one that is negative.  However, the rest of the Halloween movies have been an embarassment of the highest order.  Especially when we get into Parts 4, 5, and 6.  Parts 2 and 3 were interesting to say the least.  But they were not as great as the original.  Part 7 (H20) was okay.  And Resurrection is one that never happened for me.  I have yet to see the Rob Zombie Halloween films but I have heard mixed things about both. 
The Ugly: That first scene where we see the POV of someone getting stabbed is still one of the host horriffic things I have seen in a movie. 

My final verdict: 5 butcher knives out of 5

This concludes the run of 31 Days of Horror. I have enjoyed  having the opportunity to discuss some of my favorite horror films and I sincerely hope you have enjoyed reading the series.  Tomorrow, we return with our next episode of United States of Geekdom where we discuss all things Godzilla.  We will also have a big announcement about our big Muppets event in November!  Thanks for reading!  Stay geeky!

-Rick G.  10/31/2011


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